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Kevin Danser in action last season against Wisconsin (StanfordPhoto.com)
#CardCamp13 Notes & Quotes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/26/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Two days after Stanford provided fans an early opportunity to see the program during its annual fall open house, the Cardinal football team was back to practice Monday with media availability at the Dan Elliott Practice Fields. 

With many schools opening play this week, Stanford waits on the sideline for an extra seven days. Stanford will not begin its season until Sept. 7 when it plays host to San Jose State in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, slated for 8 p.m. (PT). Stanford is the last BCS program to begin its 2013 campaign. Kids are admitted free to the game with a parent-purchased ticket and it is also Military Appreciation Day, with military personnel obtaining two free tickets with an active military ID.

Here is what David Shaw had to say to the media after Monday’s practice:

Shaw after multiple injury-related questions …
“It’s a little early to be worried about injuries, isn’t it? We don’t play for two weeks.” 

Shaw on challenges to keeping his team grounded with games starting this week …
“We talked about it. Our trail is hard enough. It starts in a couple of weeks. We’re all eager to see some football this weekend and then get into our game week.”

Shaw on whether there is an advantage to having a first-week bye …
“It has positives and negatives. Positives, yeah, we get a chance to see other people, and as I told the guys, we get a chance to see have their first game jitters. Maybe lose some games that they shouldn’t lose because of turnovers, penalties and being sloppy, so hopefully we can learn a lesson from watching other people. Negatives are that we’ve basically got 12 games in 13 weeks after this bye.”

Shaw on when he will taper down the physicality to get the team ready for game week …
“It’s started (already). We still have two two-a-days this week and in the mornings, we’re going to go hard. In the afternoons we’ll shorten those practices down a little bit and get some more situational things. But the morning, we’re going to get after it.”  

Shaw on the offensive center battle …
“It’s good, it’s close. It’s still of the mind that it’s going to be hard to move Kevin Danser because of where he is at guard. He can play center and is doing a good job, but it’s going to be hard to justify moving him out and training a new guard, where he should be an all-conference guard this year. We all feel great about where he’s at.”

Shaw on whether the plan is to play multiple tight ends despite youth and inexperience …
“We want to present as many personnel groupings to the defense as we can. That’s not a secret as we haven’t done it as much lately but that’s been our M.O. going on seven years now.”

Shaw on senior FB Ryan Hewitt’s importance …
“He’s vital. You saw when (Kevin) Hogan took over last year, his production went through the roof. To have a QB that can escape the pocket and get on the edge and find Hewitt has been huge. He’s so versatile, he’s lined up everywhere.”

Shaw on Hewitt’s pass-catching ability as a fullback …
“For a fullback, as good as you’ll find. He’ll say ‘As good as anybody you’ll find.’ I don’t think he’s ever dropped a ball in a game.”


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